About

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I am a history teacher and Assistant Head of Teaching and Learning at the West London Free School, an all-ability secondary school in Hammersmith. I am also the author of Knowing History, a series of Key Stage 3 textbooks published by Collins (watch me talking about them on the Collins website here). On this website you can find blog posts about history teaching and education policy, information about my publications, and free classroom resources to be used alongside the Knowing History series.

I trained to become a teacher from 2011 with Teach First, during which time I kept a now defunct blog under the pseudonym Matthew Hunter (see here). I went on to work for the think tank Civitas, with whom I published my first book, Progressively Worse: The Burden of Bad Ideas in British Schools in 2014. I have worked at the West London Free School since 2014, but took a sabbatical from 2015-16 to be a ‘Teacher in Residence’ at the Department for Education. This mainly involved working as a policy advisor and speech writer for the Schools Minister Nick Gibb.

I have written about history teaching and education policy for a wide variety of publications including Schools Week, TES, and Standpoint Magazine (see here). I have also appeared on PM on BBC Radio 4, and spoken at events such as the Wellington Festival of Education, ResearchEd, and the Battle of Ideas.

If you would like to get in touch, please email me at r.peal@wlfs.org.

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